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Loveland’s Tano Bistro begins rising from ashes Chuck Gibson

It is not often the word demolition means good news, but this time it does. Gaetano and Gina Williams announced they are now official owners of the burned-out building that was home to Tano Bistro in Loveland. Demolition is good news because it means reconstruction will soon follow. “It’s amazing, so amazing things are happening and how they are happening, that we were able to get that building purchased,” said Tano. “Those types of purchases don’t happen that fast.” A May 28 three-alarm blaze in Loveland’s Historic District engulfed the historic building which is home to Tano Bistro as well as threatening the two buildings surrounding Tano’s. Less than two full months after cleanup and completion of the insurance company investigation in July, Tano has signed on as owner of the building. Good things are happening fast. Tano knows things need to stay on a fast track beginning with the demolition. “If we don’t get that roof on before winter hits, it’s not gonna open sooner than later,” he said.

“It’s amazing the amount of work they got done there. I’m just really, really pleased.” They closed on the property Sept. 26 and demolition was underway on Sept. 27. Design and architectural planning have been happening behind the scenes throughout the process. Tano’s plans include rooftop seating for up to 50 patrons. The city of Loveland planning and zoning department will begin the process of approving plans the first week in October. While it is “still a hurdle to get over,” all involved have worked together on the rebuilding plans. “If they saw something they didn’t like, they probably would have already said something,” Tano said. “It’s part of the process.” Approval of the architectural and design plans leads to the construction loan. That leads to the budget for the work. For Tano, it all means getting started. It means progress toward reopening Tano Bistro and Catering in Loveland. “At least we got a start,” he said. “You’re not going to open unless you get started.” Demolition is the start. These first days of October and final days of September were See BISTRO, Page 2A

Workers are on site as demolition is underway at the burned-out building that will again become Tano Bistro and Catering in Historic Loveland. CHUCK GIBSON FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Come on down: The price is right in Milford Chuck Gibson

Milford’s ‘The Price is Right’ – Halloween edition 2017

Community Press Contributor

Everyone is invited to “Come On Down” to Historic Milford, Ohio, to play Milford’s “The Price is Right” on Saturday, Oct. 28. This is the latest event from the creators of “The Amazing Charity Race.” Dr. Doug Portmann is the creative mind behind the idea for this Halloween celebration. “We did a scavenger hunt for a couple years,” said Portmann. That was when they started out in Loveland with Martin and Kathy Schickel helping to organize the event. Then, to change it up a bit, they moved it to Milford where they experienced great cooperation from the city officials, fire and police departments. “We brought it over to Milford and we did a thing we called ‘Milfordopoly’ and turned downtown Milford into a monopoly board.” The next year it was “Clue” in Milford and then they went back to Loveland last year. Portmann admits his television viewing habits influence his crazy ideas. His wife, Sandy, reins them in sorting through his original concept to find a way to make them work.

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» Where: Historic Milford » When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 » 5:30 p.m. - Live music by The Counting Skeletons » 6:30-8 p.m. - The Price is Right begins » 8 p.m.-ish - Costume Contest » 8 p.m. - Beer and food tasting (open container through 11 p.m.) » Four-person teams - must be 21 or older » Learn more and register at

Dr. Doug Portmann, dressed as TV’s “The Price is Right” game show host Drew Carey, created the Halloween edition to be played in Historic Milford Oct. 28. CHUCK GIBSON FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It’s a social event with a marketing aspect for the city of Milford,” Portmann said. “We want it to be a social event for a couple friends, a couple of couples or a group of friends; whatever it may be.” This year it is “The Price is Right” featuring many of the games played on the popular television game show over the years. Portmann researched the games played on the TV version of “The Price Is Right” from the beginning, back in the 1960s, to the current version with host

Drew Carey. The games match up well with the stores. “I went online, went back and found all the games that have been played on ‘The Price is Right’ through the years,” he explained. “I’m basically going to attach to each store the game that ties into what the store does.” Teams will “Come on Down” to play games like The High/Low Game, Plinko, Pick A Number, Double Prices, The Clock Game, Pick A Pair, The Check Game and many others. Portmann really enjoys figuring out how to make the games work for each of the different businesses. For example, RRT, the Road, Rivers and Trails store, will have two numbers on the bottom of three kayaks; contestants will have to figure out which number is the first

number of the price of the kayak. The shops had the choice of sticking with the idea he presented them, tweaking it, or changing it up. “Most really like the idea I show up and say here’s what you got,” Portmann said. “They stay open for the hour and a half of the game and they have a ball with the customers.” Having a ball with the customers and contestants is what it is all about. There are already 27 businesses involved. It could include up to 30 businesses. Registration is limited to 125 four-person teams; 500 contestants ready to play and have fun. The fun includes live music from the group Counting Skeletons an hour before the games begin. Then the games will go from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Besides the games, there will be a beer tent, beer and food tasting and a costume contest. After all, it is Halloween and “The Price is Right” always features contestants dressed up in all kinds of creative and zany costumes. “I’d say 70 percent come dressed in costumes,” Portmann said. “The people who come in costumes really do it up. They go all in.” The people range in age from 21 (minimum age required) to people in their 60s. No physical competition is involved and the streets are closed so people can walk around safely. It is simply a big party sponsored by local businesses, the Historic Milford Association, and the Milford Merchants Association. People come from all around the area and even came from as far away as Florida in the past. “I think people realize we have a formula for them to have a good time,” Portmann said. “I love to throw a good party. Afterward, when people are high-fiving me telling me this is so much fun and the other thing is businesses saying count us in for next year, we are definitely back for next year. That’s the best thing.”

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